Studio Art

    Guntersville Middle School 
    Guntersville High School 

    We will explore both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional realm of artistic expression.   We will accomplish this through four components- studio art, (production) art history, art criticism, and aesthetics.   Various media and techniques will be explored and mastered.  The Alabama Arts Education Course of Study, Achieving Excellence Through Arts Literacy is the framework and foundation for all assignments and units of study in all levels of Visual Arts, as well as the National Visual Arts Standards and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art.

    Creating Art (Produce) 

    Through experiences in creating art, students learn information about the characteristics of visual art forms - such as sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, fiber arts, ceramics, jewelry, architecture, design and the media, tools, equipment, processes, methods, techniques and facts associated with each art form.  Students will also learn about artists and their ways of working.  This repertoire of information related to the content area of creative art production facilitates choice in the student's art production and his or her response to works of art by others.
    Art History  (Understand)
    Art history focuses on contextual information about works of art across time and cultures - who made it, where, why, under what conditions or influences, and so forth.  We are able to relate art to geographic conditions and the influences of political, economic, social and philosophical institutions that are common to all evolving cultures.  Contextual information, although extrinsic to the work of art, can enhance one's interpretation of its meaning.  Art history helps us to organize knowledge of our art heritage and contemporary art world by periods, styles, countries, regions, artists, and time.

    Art Criticism (Respond, Understand)

    Art Criticism is examination of works of art to perceive them fully, understand their meaning, and judge their merit.  Careful description and analysis enable interpretation of the meaning and making judgments about a work of art.
    Aesthetics (Respond, Understand)
    Aesthetics is a philosophic discipline that addresses questions about the nature and value of art, and other art -related issues.  Aesthetics help us to clarify concepts used in discussing art, aesthetic experience, meanings, artist's intent, and circumstances that bear on claims that an "entity" is art.

    Students will be expected to have learned the following skills by the end of the year

    Show competency in use of art tools, equipment, processes, and techniques

    Know about art and artists

    Effectively give visual form to ideas

    Differentiate visual qualities of the natural or human - made environment

    Actively participate in all art activities - complete assignments

    State relevant reasons to support positions about art issues

    Become perceptive in analyzing works of art and interpreting their meanings

    Show positive attitudes toward art and the relevance of art in life

    Are curious, inventive, innovative, reflective, open to new ideas

    Clearly express ideas, orally and in writing about art

    Relate and synthesize ideas in art discussions and creative art production


    Your grade will be determined by completion of art projects including written reports, and tests.  Student artwork is NOT graded comparatively but rather upon the growth and achievement of the individual as well as completion specified criteria for each project.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated and project failure will result. Creativity is encouraged and applauded – remember appropriate subject matter and themes are required.  All projects will adhere to criteria of evaluation or rubric establishing the points and value of each measurable objective.   A student may re- submit any project for re- evaluation as long as the original rubric is submitted with it so changes may be noted.  You must work on artwork assigned during class – not participating during class time will result in a lower evaluation.
    Due Dates
    Due dates are to be adhered.  If you miss an assignment due to absence you are required to make up the work in the appropriate time frame stated in the hand book.  Any project not turned in for evaluation will receive a 0 for that particular assignment.  Consequences for late work – reduction of points on the project.  (Number of points will be listed on the rubric for the assignment).
    Art Fees
    Art Fees are due promptly at the beginning of each semester.  It is important that you pay your art fee as it provides supplies for you to work with in the art room.   Art fees not collected will result in usage limitations of materials in the art room (this will not reflect in your grade).   Failure to pay art fees will result in office notification at the end of the school year.
         General Art    -  $ 20.00 per semester, or $ 40.00 per year as stated in the school handbook.
                 Advanced Art   -   $  55.00  per year, as stated in the school handbook.

                                          Please be prompt with your fee payments
    Teacher recommendation, community service in the arts and GPA will determine National Art Honor Society members.   Dues  $15.00 - they are due each year